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The next giant leap in human spaceflight is upon us! NASA and others have their sights set on the Red Planet, and they’re building the technology to get us there.

Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives audiences an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the moon and, one day, all the way to Mars!

Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey. Runtime: 33 minutes

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Space exploration is having a big impact on your life. Not only is it helping discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, its reaching back down into our world and influencing the way we live.

To Space and Back, takes you on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. The technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above and beyond is coming back down to Earth! Runtime: 25 minutes

Pricing
Adult - $8.00
Child - $7.00
Apollo 11 Virtual Reality is the story of the greatest journey ever taken by humankind. This virtual reality experience is the recreation of the events which took place between July 16th and July 24th 1969. Now, for the first time ever, you get to experience this historic event through the eyes of those who lived it.

Apollo 11 Virtual Reality is a new type of interactive documentary. Using a mix of original, archival audio and video together with accurate recreations of the spacecraft and locations, all set to inspirational music, you can relive the greatest journey humans have ever undertaken.

Get set for an experience that will not only educate you but will also leave a lasting impression and deep respect for the men and women who worked on the Apollo program during NASA's golden era.

This experience lasts about 10 minutes, and museum admission is required to participate.

Ticket Prices
$10.00 - All Ages
$8.00 - Member Pricing
Learn about the autumn night sky and the various objects that are visible at this time of year, in this live and interactive presentation. Your personal tour guide to the cosmos will teach you to navigate through the sky and highlight constellations, planets, and even some deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae. This presentation is great for all ages and is a traditional planetarium experience with a modern kick.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. Filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. Runtime: 50 minutes

Pricing
Adult - $8.00
Child - $7.00
The year is 2096. Space tourism is booming, and you’ve signed up for a quick trip around the Solar System with Space Express Tours!

In this live show, your guides are Jesse, a lovable rookie tour guide who can’t wait to show you the wonders of your celestial neighborhood, and Max, the much more experienced—if slightly grumpy—shipboard computer.

With Max steering the ship and Jesse chattering excitedly about each place you visit, you’ll soar through the Asteroid Belt, explore the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and hover over the roiling surface of the Sun. Hold on tight!

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Journey through our solar system, with your own personal tour guide, as we explore our little place in space. This live and interactive presentation explores the highlights of the solar system including the sun, planets, moons, and even your favorite dwarf planet (which we assume is Pluto).

Great for all ages, and audience participation helps to guide the scope of each presentation.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Touch the Stars centers on mankind's probes used in exploration of our solar system and the galaxy beyond. The film traces the path to space through the history of NASA's probes, orbiters, and landers, from the heart of our solar system to the surface of the other planets and moons, to the grand tour of the Voyager spacecraft through the outer planets and beyond. Runtime: 40 minutes


Pricing
Adult - $8.00
Child - $7.00
Join an adventurous journey of humankind: from ancient Mesopotamia to the age of space exploration. The story centers on the motive of human travel to Mars, and presents and explains a broad selection of related scientific topics, including the history of astronomy, the geocentric and heliocentric models, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, and orbital maneuvers.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Timed to the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. Filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission—one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon.

Pricing
Adult - $10.00
Child - $9.00
Doors open at 6:15pm; Presentation begins at 7:00pm

November 8 - Cocktails and Cosmos: How (Not) to Crash into a Planet
We watch the launches on live television and we see the images sent back from space probes and rovers, but we don’t often consider the complicated engineering it took to get them there without crashing into or missing the destination entirely. Can a spacecraft simply make a beeline for another world? What is the difference in trying to land a robot versus a human on Mars? In this show, we’ll delve into launches, the seven-minute terror of landing on Mars, and a crash course in orbital mechanics (which we promise to keep short and sweet). Come learn how to get from A to B in outer space.

November 15 - Astronomy for All: Nebulae
Most of us are familiar with a particular nebula or two because of their surreal shapes and striking colors. But what those celestial Hubble images don’t show is where nebulae come from and what's going on inside the dense gas and dust. After forming in the wake of stellar demise, nebulae eventually become places where new stars are born and develop from the remnants of these past stars. The beginning and end of the stellar life cycle - how do these processes occur? What do the different colors indicate about the activity in a nebula? Explore the stellar birth (and death) place with us, and come prepared to be stunned speechless by these ethereal visuals.

November 22 - Trivia Night: Astro-Mythology
This month’s trivia will revolve around the mythology stories of various cultures, from Greco-Roman to Norse. Questions will be themed after the good, the bad, and the gorgons—and all their misadventures. Study up on your gods and goddesses, and don’t forget to bring your favorite muse!

November 29 - Our Place in Space
This is an extended version of our daily live guided tour of the universe. Great for all ages! Audience participation drives the focus of the show.
Journey through our solar system with your own personal tour guide as we explore our little place in space. This live and interactive presentation explores the highlights of the solar system including the sun, planets, moons, and even your favorite dwarf planet (which we assume is Pluto). Great for all ages, audience participation helps to guide the scope of each presentation.
Ring in the New Year under the Saturn V moon rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Davidson Center for Space Exploration. The party starts Dec. 31, at 8 p.m., and the “Flashbacks Show Band” takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., with favorites from early Motown to today’s hits. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available from 8 until 10 p.m., and bars will be open until 1 a.m. Enjoy a celebratory complimentary champagne toast with us at midnight. Mars Masquerade is a black-tie optional event.

Ticket pricing during the Early Bird Special is $130 per couple or $65 for single tickets, available through Dec. 23. Pricing is $150 per couple and $75 per single ticket beginning Dec. 24.

The Rocket Center has partnered with the Huntsville Marriott on the Rocket Center campus for special room packages for the evening.

Free transportation is available from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. to and from the Marriott hotel.
This registration is for international teams with a confirmed registration for the 2020 Human Exploration Rover Challenge event sponsored by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. U.S. teams do not have to pay a registration fee. This event will occur on the grounds of the US Space and Rocket Center April 17-18, 2020, and payment of the registration fee will allow participation in the event. It is not for entrance into the US Space and Rocket Center Museum.

The NASA Rover Challenge is an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. It is designed to encourage research and development of new technologies for future mission planning and crewed space missions to other worlds. The competition challenges high school and college students to create a human-powered vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The official website for the Rover Challenge is at https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/home/index.html